Mayors in seven cities want marijuana to be removed from the federal list of illegal drugs, according to ABC News. Mayors from Denver, Seattle, Portland, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Las Vegas and Sacramento (these cities are all in marijuana-friendly states) sponsored a resolution at the U.S. Conference of Mayors in Boston that requested that the U.S. government remove cannabis from a list of illegal drugs. The mayors then formed a coalition to push for federal marijuana policy reform just days after President Donald Trump expressed support for bipartisan congressional legislation to ease the federal ban on pot.
Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler said that marijuana businesses employ thousands of people and generate millions of dollars in Oregon: “Cannabis prohibition has failed. It has failed to keep our children safe, it has failed law enforcement, and it has especially failed communities of color disproportionately targeted and prosecuted for low-level drug offenses,” he said in an email Monday. Eventually legalization will come to every stateand we want to make sure it’s done so safely and effectively.”
The resolution comes after Trump said he would “probably” back a bipartisan congressional effort to ease the U.S. ban on marijuana. It will be interesting to see what will happen next in this developing story.